Drugs found in vehicle after accident; and in separate incident, left in motel room

Police Report: April 19 - 26, 2021
Laurel Police Report
Thursday, April 29, 2021
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The following represent a portion of the calls responded to by officers from the Laurel Police Department. Unless otherwise indicated, all cases are considered under investigation. Anyone with information about these or other crimes is encouraged to call the LPD at 628-8737.

April 20

• At 1:07 p.m. a theft was reported from behind a business on 1st St. The items taken were valued at between $250 and $300. The incident is under investigation.

• At 6:40 p.m. a theft was reported on the 700 block of East 6th St. Approximately 18 gallons of fuel was stolen from a pickup.

April 21

• At 8:17 a.m. a theft was reported at a business on the 200 block of South Washington. A thief or thieves broke into a shed and stole $4,100 worth of tools.

• At 7:24 p.m. officers responded to a report of a family disturbance on the 200 block of West Main St. After an investigation Gregory Smeltzer, 39 of Laurel was arrested for partner or family member assault (causing bodily injury) and destruction or tampering with a communication device. He was transported to the Yellowstone County Detention Facility.

• At 8:06 p.m. Laurel dispatch received an agency assist request from the Montana Highway Patrol for a pursuit on Interstate 90. Laurel police officers responded and successfully deployed a spike strip on one of the vehicle tires. The vehicle came into Laurel at the 434 exit and headed north on 1st Ave. At the intersection of SE 4th St. they ran a red light and broadsided a vehicle. One victim was taken to a local hospital. MHP took over the investigation and Federal agents requested a K9 unit. Laurel’s K9 alerted on the car and the agents requested a warrant. The vehicle was towed to LPD where a large amount of methamphetamine was discovered in the vehicle.

April 22

• At 10:21 a.m. a counterfeit $20 was discovered at a local casino. The incident is under investigation.

• At 11:51 a.m. Deonteae Renfro, 22, was arrested for violation of an order of protection. He was transported to YCDF.

April 25

• At 2:50 a.m. LPD received an agency assist request from MHP for an intoxicated female on Highway 212 near the Yellowstone River bridge. Officers located the female and Tamera Goldsmith, 56, of Billings was arrested on a $10,000 Billings warrant for contempt of court related to felony drug possession.

• At 4:54 p.m. officers received a report of suspicious activity at the Locomotive Inn. A female had rented a room for a night then didn’t check out. When staff went in to clean the room they discovered methamphetamine, needles and a scale. When the female came back and asked for her stuff to be returned she was arrested for criminal possession of dangerous drugs (felony) and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia. Cassandra Collins, 32, of Powell, Wyoming was transported to YCDF.


Stillwater County Sheriff’s Office

April 19

• At 7:53 p.m. Yellowstone County dispatch advised of a stolen vehicle that was last seen heading west on Highway 10. The vehicle owner stated there was a knife on the front seat. At 9:12 p.m. Stillwater deputies had located the vehicle at an address on Highway 10.

• At 8:34 p.m. a caller on Highway 10 stated they didn’t have enough water to put out a brush fire and requested a fire truck to help. At 8:43 p.m. Park City Fire was assembling at the fire hall.

• At 8:57 p.m. a deputy advised they were attempting to make contact with a suspect in regards to a stolen vehicle. At 9:14 p.m. the vehicle had been located and was cleared to be returned to the owner. At 9:52 p.m. a male suspect was transported to the Yellowstone County Detention Facility.

April 23

• At 6:59 p.m. a caller on Highway 10 reported his truck stolen. The RP advised he let a female borrow the vehicle and she was refusing to return it. He stated he asked for it back, then she cursed at him and sped off on the back roads to Laurel. The RP was advised that because he lives in Laurel he needed to contact LPD to report the unauthorized use.

• At 11:33 p.m. a caller near mile marker 437 on Interstate 90 reported a white Honda CRV that passed them traveling over 100 mph and swerving across lanes. At 11:54 p.m. deputies were unable to locate the vehicle.

April 24

• At 1:21 p.m. a deputy advised someone had backed into their patrol vehicle. At 2:13 p.m. the driver had been cited for improper backing.

• At 8:25 p.m. a deputy was out with a vehicle that was well below the high water mark at the Buffalo Mirage FAS. They gave the driver a warning and were alerted to another vehicle that was in the middle of the river. At 8:42 p.m. the driver of that vehicle was also given a warning.

April 25

• At 10:44 a.m. two reports of a possible impaired driver came in to Montana Highway Patrol near mile marker 428 on I–90. At 10:56 a.m. a deputy stopped the vehicle at mm 392. At 11:14 a.m. the deputy advised the driver was not impaired, just tired. She was advised to sleep in Reed Point and if she was stopped again further action would be taken. At 1:04 p.m. a MHP trooper stopped and cited the driver in Livingston because she didn’t stop and sleep as directed.

April 26

• At 3:50 a.m. a caller at the Homestead reported his wife is constantly calling and making threatening comments like “I’m going to slit your throat” and “I’m going to beat your a**.” The RP stated his wife was acting crazy and normally only smokes pot, but thought she was on something stronger. The parties had been separated for the evening and dispatch tried to call the female but was unable to leave a voicemail.



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